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now. we cannot allow the schools of america to become killing fields. we must act now. i applaud all of those who are involved. >> do you want to speak very briefly? >> we call our caucus america's caucus. because it is diversified and it's unified. we make our appeal today to all americans. and command our leader, caroline, diana, the eloquence of the people who have spoken, my colleague from connecticut said it extraordinarily well. politics be damned here. there is a responsibility that we have as legislators that are unique. what took place in sandy hook and newtown, a quintessential new england community goes beyond horror. the weapon of choice that was used, an assault called a bush master, more than 3 million americans have them. 3 million americans have them. we make appeal to americans, to mothers, to fathers. we make an appeal to members of the press, who are the ones that can best articulate and ask the questions why? because we know this. as sure as we're all standing here, and have acknowledged that we stood here too many times, lowered the flags, had the moments of sile
by securing america's future energy, this is about an hour-and-a-half. >> good morning, everyone. thank you all for coming. i especially want to thank the members of the energy security leadership council for being with us today. they have been a distinguished group of people working on this issue since 2006. we are nothing without their credibility as the great ceo's, an entrepreneur, and military leaders of our time. i also want to give a special>> i want to give a special thanks to the staff at securing america's future energy. we stand on the shoulders and the time it takes to get these reports. the policy staff, james, leslie, the staff that puts these together, our political staff and the rest of the team at safe. we're seeing more production than we have ever seen before. the most production in the last couple of decades of year on year growth. oil imports are falling. the demand for oil continues to decline based on fuel economy standards and other reasons. we still continue to have a problem. the report we are releasing today and the subtitle says it all. harnessing american resour
there is a great middle out there that makes of america. the more we reflect the middle, the better off our committee will be and i think the service we provide will be better. >> what gives you that hope? >> a lot of people are recognizing the pathway we are on will not help. more and more members are talking with me where we discuss with one another how we can improve the place. i hear it almost every day. i encourage it. >> there are people who believe partisanship is a good thing because ideology and the direction of the country moves in the way they want. for example, people have come in with the tea party. what do you think of these hyper-partisan groups outside of the congress that attempt to exert their influence? >> one of the more fascinating experience i have had involves a gathering. my first meeting a couple years ago, with tea party types. my staff was concerned about this new group. i said, give me their telephone numbers. i invited them to our session. they were there that evening to express their concern about health care being nationalized and taking over that piece of the
of our colleagues serving america with great dedication every day in diplomatic posts over the world. let me turn it to ambassador pickering. >> good afternoon. bill, thank you for those wise and cogent words. i would also like to thank secretary clinton for her steadfast support, for her ambitious approach to implementing our recommendations. we wish her a speedy recovery. in late september, secretary clinton asked me to serve as chairman of the accountability review board on benghazi, and ask admiral mullen got to be the vice chairman. -- to be the vice chairman. he brought a special perspective, wisdom, and good sense to it difficult and trying process. there are three other members of the board or not with us today. without whom this report cannot have been possible. a professor of public administration at syracuse university, and former chief executive of united nations world food program, undersecretary general for management of the united nations. and expressed retired senior officer who served as interim director of the bureau of overseas building operations. q turner, an experien
. and and people ask me, where are you from. i said, i am america. -- american. all of a sudden, among the people who were really suffering, i was welcome. this is anecdotal. it could be the only place that happened. i did not use this as an opportunity to beat up the u.n. -- despite its failings, it does important work. but it did show me that americans were respected. >> your efforts to call on the u.s. and a distraction for special envoy, have those calls been received -- u.s. for special envoy, have those calls been received? >> i have been given the impression that this is under reviewed. it is government-speak that i just learned. >> i will yield the remainder of my time to my colleague, miss sanchez. >> i want to talk to mr. carafano. i would like to relate to something that mr. affleck said. he said that we had done a good job with training in iraq and afghanistan. maybe i am the only one on this committee, but i would have to say that this is a disaster for us. in most cases, the work we have done. when we recruit and afghanistan i wouldyear-old,s come -- not hire them here, let alone so
, the economic strength of america. natural gas is a very clean resources compared to many of the other options. our progress . on reducing dependence has also been on grenoble's. -- progress on reducing dependence has also been on renewables. all across north dakota, you see these giant went generating machines. -- wind generating machines. on top of that, increased fuel efficiency in cars, a dramatic improvement with much more to come, is reducing our demand for fossil fuels. these are all extremely positive developments for the country. >> what does it mean for your home state? >> a vibrant economy, the lowest unemployment in the country. the highest purchaser plus per capita of any state in the nation. -- surplus per capita of any state in the country. >> over the years, you've been in a champion of the state's agriculture. i am interested in you having square your pride to bring home resources to north dakota with all this concern in united states you have expressed. >> it is easy to do. the farm bill we just passed reduces the deficit $23 billion. the last farm bill we passed that was com
, given the problems that the united states of america faces today, is not a useful expenditure. of limited public resources. and i know that flies in the face of a lot of states who wish to bring jobs in. but if you bring jobs in by offering all kinds of tax abatements and exemptions, as new jersey did recently. a zero sum game. because your pension fund is so underfunded in nrge there's no way they can meet the obligations. they're constitution al obligated to make. so what's the net accomplishment? i mean, i remember years ago there was a silly program in the carter years called the you dig program where states actually got an appropriation from the congress and used it to bribe a business to move from one state to another. that was reducio ab surdum. >> let's have comment on your views on the tax front. >> our small businesses have asked for equity with the amazons of the world. and so we have been doing some of that. we have been very clear with our taxpayers that we would not ask for tax increases until we had -- at least on two things. one was we did significant personnel
are here for all the people of america. let me just say thank you very much for holding this hearing today and for all of your work in consumer protection issues, chairman brown. our economy and nation are stronger for it. it is fitting that a hearing on consumer protection will be my last in the senate. consumer literacy and protection are issues that are very close to my heart while my career is coming to an end, i hope there are many of my colleagues who continue to empower consumers to make the best financial decisions possible. thank you very much to my colleagues here on the committee also, the chairman johnson and chairman brown and senator reid, senator merkley, senator hagan and others who i know share my strong interest in .onsumer protection by al i appreciate step because we work together so well. thank you again, as well. i want to thank our witnesses for your tyler's work in consumer protection. esther chairman, i asked that my full statement be added to the record and i would like to ask a couple of questions. glad to have you here, mr. stone. i am so glad to see that consum
to stabet in egypt or to democracy in egypt but i think it reduces america's ability to say similar things in other places around the region and around the world. so i think it's -- it weakens america's position overall on issues of democracy in human rights. so with that editorial comment, why don't we take some questions in the back. i see one here. >> thank you. greg with the center for national policy. my question is dealing with the upcoming parliamentary elections. the last time around the brotherhood got something in the order of 47% of seats which game them the speakership and leadership of key committees in parliament. a lot of people say the brotherhood of course wanths to get that same percentage again because that way they'll hold parliament again. but given this backlash against the brotherhood and against morsi, the decree in the constitution and everything, if the brotherhood does get that 47% next time, will the people say the election is rigged? and will that then lead to more instability? i was wondering if you could comment on that. thank you. >> well, it's an interestin
conversations have been with secretary of hud who is probably the best person in america to lead this disaster. he is educated, well- experienced, and from that region. what have the ex -- what have the initial conversations been about some expressed business loans, $20,000, $25,000 loans to proven successful businesses. i'm not talking about new entrepreneurs taking opportunities in the aftermath as legitimate as that may be. i'm talking long-standing businesses. so we can answer the question are loans the only thing available. what is your answer to that and what are the outlines to our preliminary discussion? ande're working with hud he's going to be the point person with the president in responding to superstorm sandy across the area. we've had discussions on the flexibility on how we can coordinate. we had the memorandum that we had signed thanks to your efforts. we're looking at how we can coordinate the loans and how they can be provided as part of the supplemental. >> have you gotten into a discussion on small grants or is that preliminary? >> we're still early in the disaster, we're w
texas. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america. into the republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. >> the chair will entertain requests for one minute speeches. >> you cannot have cookies without milk. that was a comment from my face looks -- facebook page. the american people get it. washington is addicted to spending someone else's money. the house has passed two bills that would avert the fiscal cliff. in august to pass a bipartisan bill. the house passed legislation to avoid sequestration by cutting spending. our plan is to take your calls and hear from you over twitter, and to wait it out, to wait and hear what we hear from capitol hill. our cameras are on capitol hill and we hope to be able to give you some coverage of briefings happening on the hill. so far, the house is out and the senate will be out shortly once they finish this series of votes. and it was 12:15 eastern, writing a major setback in fiscal cliff talks. you may have heard sheila jackson lee question this. that negotiations between harry rei
of our students are going in to teach for america. >> i'm going to ask one more question and then turn it over to the audience. my last question will be on immigration. you have spoken on the need for the dream act. can you talk about that? >> what first drew my attention was my first year of president a group of students came to see me, about 12 of them. they were all undocumented. they said we want you to support the dream act. they describe to me their lives. i was just stunned by their stories of growing up usually in the southwest or the west in families where they had no idea they were undocumented. then there came a moment with the needed documentation and they realize they were not citizens. suddenly they were thrust into this awareness of a whole nother world of not flying on planes to get back from vacation or not going home for vacation at all because they cannot travel are not being able to imagine medical school because they needed documentation to do that. i thought this is awful. do you come to this question as a human rights or as an economic development? both. here are
but not least, we have david walker, founder and c.e.o. of the comeback america initiative. david's formerly the comptroller general of the united states. he was also the head director of the -- of the u.s. government accountability office for almost 10 years. he is widely read and authored numerous articles on the debt deficit and he has a new initiative which i think makes tremendous sense and may doom it obscurity where things sometimes don't get discussed but david's new group is looking at the efficiencies, the inefficiency, the duplications in the government to try and find areas where we can save money without cutting. and i think it's a very interesting initiative and it's one that you all should look into and see about supporting and i hope that he will mention it at least briefly in some of his comments today. so with that introduction, i'm going to turn to the panel and i'm going to sit down and we're going to start discussion hopefully some of these issues. >> and i'll start with david on the right side and we'll just move right across. >> thanks for coming. first, there are chal
the civil and legal rights they deserved. congresswoman laura richardson has worked hard to keep america safe as a member of the homeland security committee. her constituents are unwavering and she will be missed next year. california is a large state with many needs and priorities, but our delegation is strong. during the time in office, these members have been esteemed colleagues and it's been an honor to work along side of them. their knowledge, passion and commitment to public service will be greatly missed in these halls. and i wish to thank each of them for their service and wish them the best in the next adventure. i yield back. mr. miller: i recognize congresswoman eshoo. ms. eshoo: i want to thank -- did you want to know how much time you had left first? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has 29 minutes. mr. miller: we're fine. thank you. you're fine. ms. eshoo: thank you. i want to thank the gentleman from california, my dear friend, mr. miller, for organizing this special order tonight. so that we can take some time, which is the most precious thing really that god gives u
of necessary precautions. but this is 108-year-old system. it's the first major subway system in america. and it was never subject, as you noted correctly, senator nelson, with the full moon, the high tide and the huge storm. never hadnything like this. the mta tried to put up barriers. in many cases they worked. in other cases like the beautiful and new south ferry station right near the world trade center, the barriers re just knocked over by the high winds and flying debris. this one subway station, south ferry, is going to cost over 00 million, nearly 600 million to repair. many more underwater tunnels that connected the systems together gone. saltwater, which, of course, is corrosive to the switches, tracks and everything else. there's lots of permanent damage. the system is still not running up to snuff. there's two points i would like to make to this committee. the first, we need help with mitigation. we can't just rebuild a 108-year-old system andeplace it with the parts that existed then. most of then don't exist anymore, and it doesn't make much sense to redo it exactly as it i
, buying things we like, then we're not going pay the bill. so for the united states of america to wake up one morning and say we're not paying our bills would be economic catastrophic. people will not stand for that this time around. >> does that rule skip operative or can you see a way that they can do the heavy lifting and you can get enough votes to get it over? >> as i look through different scenarios i think the idea that the speaker may have to bring something for the good of the mg something to the floor of the house that does not get the majority of the republican votes may be necessary to get something done. i think the biggest impediment right now is the speaker's ability to get a decent number of republican votes for an agreement that most people would agree was fair. the president has been clear, he has been willing to make some tough compromises. he also wants to remind people that he won the election talking about a lot of these same issues. whenever agreement we reach should reflect that reality. but whenever it is he is willing to make that compromise. one way to get this
impact of latino generation. panelists include former white house advisor to latin -- latin america, executive director of the latino partnership for conservative principles, and arizona state university professor rodolfo espinoza. this event is two hours. >> good morning. we will go ahead and get started. welcome to the wilson center. this is, as you well know, a place where public policy and a research me to bring together the world of ideas with your world a policy action. very happy to have our director of the latin-american program. and of course, very pleased that this is an event we are co- sponsoring with immigration works that did most of the work for this. the president of emigration works really put the panel together, as well as very proud to co-concert arizona university. i want to acknowledge a senior scholar at the woodrow wilson center. and many other good friends here. good to see dan and rubber co and many others at the woodrow wilson center. there is no doubt the latino vote was important past election. we did not know how important this would be when we started t
would like to see. i know that we will never do away with guns in america, but we can do away with assault weapons. i have seen people shot in the shoulder that have died within seconds. host: here is a look at a piece from "the new york times" this morning. host: that is one opinion. here is what mary says on twitter. host: jeremy, independent. cheryl, arkansas. caller: good morning. i wanted to pretty much second the old boy from florida, mark. he said everything i was thinking. i watched a really good documentary on this last night. it was called "murder by proxy." pretty much what it is is our society and how we treat each other, say the government's, it is horrible, how can we talk like that? host: what would you do to fix it? caller: i do not know. i have not got a clue. i can see what it is. i see it in churches. even whenever i go to church down there, like being in the political season, it was not what church was when i was a kid. host: dennis, democratic caller, maryland. caller: first of all, thank you for the opportunity to get in on this. i will date myself as far
, america sent 20 people to the moon and 12 of them walked on the surface, that there would be a time in the future when it nobody had been to the moon, i would have said, oh, my god. a meteor must have hit the earth. how could that possibly happen? how could to generate this phenomenal capability and then forget about it? alan shepard through this little suborbital flight -- not unlike what we did with spaceshipone -- just three weeks after gagarin flew. if nasa had decided to fly 1 last monday, alan shepard would have been the first astronauts -- one less monkey, alan shepard would have been the first astronaut. and i am glad that they flew that monkey. isn't that weird? one monkey decision away from us even going to the moon. [laughter] 10 years, almost exactly 10 years after that, he was playing golf on the moon. hitting golf balls on the moon. what have you done in the last 10 years? [laughter] 10 let's look at the next years. 1971 until 1981. you had skylab. by the way, skylab -- this is our first space station. not the isss. skylab was completed in four years after the early sa
america's failing in our domestic human rights. we cannot keep on saying do what we say, not what we do. we have to cooperate to the extent that we can with china directly and on the other hand improve our human rights challenges which have accumulated in the last decade. >> the problem with gerry cohen, everyone believes we have a piece of the ownership. no one remembers he is a yale college graduate. you just have to live with it, gerry. for me, the only thing i would add is to me there seems to be two paths. one is the path of open criticism of china's deficiencies in the legal area and human rights, and the other path is a quieter path of engaging cooperatively the reformers and the people and governments to try to move the ball forward that way. my basic judgment is both paths contribute. the path that i have chosen is the cooperative engagement path. do i think it is the best idea? i think it is temperamental. i prefer doing it that way. those are the choices that i think are open to the u.s. government, open to people in the u.s., open to anyone who wants to engage china. >> if i
producing a fundamentally different america. it suggests that we are going to move into a world by 2040 were economic growth in the u.s. is not what we normally expect to see each year. there is crowding out of unity by the government. that is how urgent it is. what should we do? there is another large literature that looks at fiscal consolidations. using my own study as an example and along with my two colleagues, our metric of success is that they achieve deficit reduction. we found fiscal consolidations that were very heavily weighted for spending were much more likely to be except the both then consolidations that were heavily weighted toward tax increases. we speculate that this is because we find this result because the tax heavy fiscal consolidations do not make tough choices on entitlements and because spending is more real when you lift the tax rates. it is easy to discuss reforms that could but u.s. and a positive trajectory. dr. zandi and i agree on the rough outline of what that would look like. the political challenge is a heavy one. if you look forward to the america we are cre
it done. america wants us to get it done. the president has shown he is willing to be flexible. he has come out with some ideas i have had to except. he is willing. i know personally how strongly he feels that $250,000 should be where we draw the line in terms of tax breaks, but he was willing to offer $400,000. he was willing to look at changing some of our programs. very tough for him to do. but he is willing to do it even though he ran on his program and one by millions of votes on his program. so with the president can be flexible, and say, okay, i will step back from everything i really want to do and move in the direction of the republicans, then the republicans need to move in our direction. and i think we're going to be judged by whether we are going to be stuck in the mud because we just do not have the courage to change, or whether we step forward at this moment. i think it should be this moment. if we cannot get it down, i certainly hope we will have enough to vote on the president's plan, which i feel is very fair. the president offered a plan -- do i like everything about
to fight and die for the united states of america. that represents the great strength of our country. i often say, we've got, you know, we have the very best in weapons. we've got great ships. we've got great planes. we're developing future aircraft that are going to be incredible, future fighter planes that are going to be incredible. you know, we've got great technology that's available. but none of that is worth a damn without the men and women in uniform who are willing to put their lives on the line and help to protect this country. that is the real strength. ^that is the heart and soul of what makes us the strongest country in the world. we owe them as a result of that the finest medical care that this nation can provide. and that's why i'm so grateful that we have the greatest medical healthcare system in the world, right here. and the strength of our system lies in you, and people like you. thousands of dedicated professionals who are committed to caring for our sick and for our injured. it lies with each of you. this, as i have said before, is a place where miracles happen, and
america's pre- eminence in practically everything else. would you please discuss the problems caused by the cancellation of the program and what is needed from congress in this current fiscal environment to insure the success of the space launch system? >> thank you. that is a tall order. one of the cruel things it was supposed to do was provide a transition for the work force. >> we have lost that. >> we have lost that. the deep integration between lower orbit and farther destinations that were hoped for is now gone. 2012 is not to thousand eight. we are in a new situation today if -- is not 2008. we are in a new situation today. increasing risk to the international space station. while we hope for and want to see the private sector take over that work, if there are delays or problems we do not have a fallback option. we are down to a few critical paths. the complementary nature eyespots was one of its strengths. the lack of a clear rationale for human exploration be on the international space station is another serious problem. the approach of being capability driven also has a lot
remind us this is america, the greatest country in the world. we should have the best service in the world. for that reason, i strongly support the vision for a high- speed rail, set forth by president obama. to designate the northeast corridor as a high-speed quarter. last week's hearing, i was pleased to the frigid pleased to hear the secretary discuss some of the progress made in the efforts to modernize the infrastructure. i also want them to develop a business plan to attract appropriate, private investment. i strongly oppose any proposal that turns it over to the northeast state. development will cost billions of dollars and it is unrealistic to think the private sector will make the investment alone. i know my home state of maryland, like the other states, does not have the resources available to develop it. i know last week we heard from edward, the president and ceo of the association of american railroads, who argues there should be one operator and that operator should be amtrac. he stated amtrak is a leader in security and is a great partner for the private sector.
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